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Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips
It’s a Teen’s World
A film by Lynn Glazier
Canada, 2009, 45 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W101002
An inside look at the culture of sexual harassment and bullying widespread among many teens today, this unique and compelling program examines the price that adolescents, especially girls, pay to be cool, hip and popular in our brave new wired world. Questioning and confronting their own and each other’s stereotypes and assumptions, three different groups of culturally diverse teenagers share personal stories of navigating their hyper-sexualized, high-tech environment, where the online posting of racy photos, raunchy videos, and explicit gossip and lies, is as commonplace as bombardment by provocative media messages that degrade and objectify women.

In its unflinching exposé, the film takes us on a journey that includes candid personal interviews and diary excerpts, images from computer screens and youth nightclubs, and clips from short fictional films that the three group’s members have made about sexual and social pressures on their lives. Told through the authentic voices of teens, this essential tool for promoting awareness and change is must-see viewing for school and youth groups, media studies and women’s studies educators, educators, counselors, parents, and health care professionals.


Winner of the Aegis Award

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    “Gives a human face to the alarming statistics that researchers are accumulating on the high incidence of sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and sexual pressures that are a fact of life for many teenagers.”
    Dr. Jennifer Connolly
    Professor of Psychology, York University

    “A powerful film told through the voices of teens who sound the alarm on the influence of the Internet, media and pop culture in their hyper-sexualized social world.”

    “A brutally honest look at the world of the modern teenager, in which boys have come to believe that sexual harassment is just harmless fun, and girls have been sold a sexual image of themselves that is one step away from serfdom.”
    Tribune Media

    “Alarmingly raw and candid…Exposes such a disturbing underworld of teen life.”
    Entertainment Tonight Canada

    "Lynn Glazier is a pioneer in moving into youths’ worlds to reveal what we as adults seldom see or consider…This documentary is essential viewing for anyone involved in the lives of adolescents. It provides an unprecedented glance into the confusing, pressure-cooker sexual worlds of teens in every class, school and community."
    Dr. Debra Pepler, Ph.D.
    C. Psych., Prof of Psychology, York University

    "A frank and open discussion about such a highly sexualized culture our teens are growing up in, and the impact it has on them is much needed...[an] invaluable resource for teens, their parents, educators, and the wider community."
    Barbara Coloroso
    Author, "Kids are Worth It"

    “Recommended…a good choice for instructors who want to lead discussions or create assignments dealing with the impact of sexuality in popular culture and on the Internet on teens.”

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    Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips is included in the following Special Collections.
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